Cook’s Lunch

This half-day program provides an overview of seasonal cooking and local specialties from the Northern Aegean. Eating with the seasons is the best way to really appreciate nature’s bounty, while supporting local farmers, foragers, and food artisans.

Here on the Northern Aegean coast of Turkey, typical dishes often include ingredients like wild foraged herbs and greens, extra virgin olive oil, fresh cheeses, and thick tangy yogurt. Vegetables, grains, and fermented pantry items are highlighted with the addition of fresh seafood, meat, or legumes.

In the teaching kitchen, guests join Chef Semsa Denizsel for hands-on cooking lesson and a lunch to be shared on the terrace or fireside, depending on the season. For those who are interested in visiting the olive grove to learn about traditional cuisine, this program is the perfect way to enjoy it!

Scheduled Dates: upon request
Duration: Approximately 4 hours

Minimum: 2 participants
Maximum: 8 participants
Add-On: market visit

Transportation and local accommodations are not included in this program. Airfare is not included in any of our programs, however, flights should be organized arriving/departing from the Balikesir Koca Seyit Airport (EDO) in Edremit, Turkey. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather conditions and scheduling adjustments.

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Sample Itinerary:

At Cooks Grove, tea and coffee will be served before we head into the kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson.

Around the counter, guests will cook together with Chef Semsa Denizsel. She will explain the importance of eating seasonally and teach guests all about the traditional recipes of the Northern Aegean area.

We will enjoy a late lunch together with a menu in sync with the season.

Add-On: On market days, guests will walk through the town bazaar with Chef Semsa and select their ingredients together.


The whole fee should be paid in full.

All of our Teaching Kitchen programs will be taught in English, unless of course, we have a private group of Turkish-speaking guests. 

Airfare is not included in any of our programs, however, guests should plan their flights to/from the Balikesir Koca Seyit Airport (EDO) in Edremit, Turkey. 


We will offer a 100% refund on the full payment, only if a written cancellation notice is received at least 10 days before your scheduled arrival date. If a request to cancel is received less than 10 days before your scheduled arrival date, no refund will be issued. 

Cooks Grove reserves the right to cancel any booking for any reason. If a booking needs to be cancelled on our end, we will notify you as soon as possible and a 100% refund will be issued.